I Have A Court Hearing Scheduled That I Cannot Attend, What Do I Do?
Today, I am answering a question from Randolph, and his question is, “I have a court hearing that has been scheduled that I cannot attend. What do I do?”
Randolph is in the middle of a custody matter with the family court, and he has a hearing that has been scheduled by the court that he is not able to attend. He wants to know what can he do. Can he just not show up?
My answer to that is you always, always, always want to be able to show up and make sure that you are showing up to any hearing that you have. The court requires you to be there, and also, if you fail to attend, there could be sanctions. There could be a ruling against you. You can lose your case. So you always want to try to attend your hearings.
There are three things that Randolph can do, three things that you can do if you’re in the same situation.
Number one, you can reach out to the other side. Let them know that you are unable to attend, and see if they agree to continue the hearing. If they do agree to continue the hearing, then you just file a stipulation and order, send it to the judge stating that you both would wish to continue the hearing. The judge signs it, and you get a new court hearing. If the other side refuses to agree, you have an option of filing a motion to the court asking the court to continue the hearing because you are unavailable. The court will look at this to see if it is in good faith, if it is a good reason, and it may decide, then, to continue the hearing and reschedule it for another time.
The second thing that you can do is request that the court allow you to appear telephonically. Most of the cases now are done virtually through what they call a BlueJeans application, similar to what is a Zoom. Sometimes the court will allow you to do that, and if you’re not able to physically appear, you may be able to then get on the Zoom call or the BlueJeans application and appear in the court hearing that way.
The third thing that you can do, if these two are not available, you can request that an attorney appears on your behalf. That is acceptable. You will still be able to address your issue. You will not be ruled against, and there will be no threats of any sanctions as you had someone appear on your behalf.
I hope this has answered your question, Randolph, and if you have further questions about this topic and want to discuss more, please go to VegasDivorceMeeting.com. I’ll be happy to sit down with you to discuss this further.
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